Mile’s Stupidity Is Catching
There’s something refreshing about the characters in Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life. Largely it is the way the Crimson Vow have come together and their various traits have either rubbed off on the others or simply been accepted by them. While they aren’t the most unique characters, there’s genuine fun in watching the four of them bounce off one another. The recurring gag of Mile coming up with a bonkers idea and the rest of the group getting drawn into it hasn’t worn out its welcome nor has the general sweetness as the girls look out for one another and try to make a profit as hunters.
I did find these two episodes surprising as both events, Pauline’s forced marriage and the wyvern hunt, were in the volumes of the light novels I read, and yet the anime has once again taken its own path with these stories. While purists might find the many alterations a problem, I still feel the anime is doing a great job of capturing the overall spirit of the story without feeling the need to slavishly follow it.
Part of me feels that Pauline and Mavis may have got the short end of the stick with both of their family problems being covered in a single episode. Mavis in particular felt more like a tacked on addition to the episode rather than really a character focus. Yet at this point we know these girls well enough and we don’t need a lengthy back story to get where they are coming from. While they mightn’t get equal shares in the angsty-back-story race they certainly make their mark as part of the team and so it isn’t really a problem.
The wyvern episode is a little hit and miss with Mile going to excesses with some of her silliness. Throwing her comrades was not a particularly well thought out plan and her antics when talking with the old man actually bordered on annoying. Still, the wyvern’s reactions were pretty amusing and the rest of the cast kind of held the sequence together. Not to mention, we got to see the girls actually out hunting again which hasn’t happened for a few episodes.
Overall, Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life continues to be lowkey enjoyable with some genuinely funny moments and a few eye-roll worthy moments. However, it is basic, relaxing fun with a fun enough cast and I’m still loving that OP as it just makes me smile everytime because they all just seem to be having so much fun.
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Images from: Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! Dir. M Oota. Project No. 9. 2019